Members of a key National Association of Insurance Commissioners committee took the time Wednesday to classify 2 initiatives as model law projects and 2 as guideline projects.
The NAIC’s Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee voted to assign:
- Guideline status to proposed revisions to the Prepaid Limited Health Service Organization Model Act,
- Guideline status to the draft of a new appendix for the Reporting Requirements for Licensees Seeking to do Business with Certain Unauthorized Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements Model Regulation.
- Model law status to the Uniform Health Carrier External Review Act, which is being developed by the Regulatory Framework Task Force.
- Model law status to proposed revisions to Section 9 of the NAIC’s Long Term Care Insurance Model Act, which deals with producer licensing. The Senior Issues Task Force is working on technical changes to the section.
The health insurance committee at the NAIC, Kansas City, Mo., made the classification decisions because the NAIC recently decided to require committees to get approval from the NAIC’s executive committee before treating projects as model law or model regulation projects.
The new classification system is “a truth in labeling” effort that will require regulators to distinguish between projects that they hope to move as models and projects that they hope to advance as guidance, according to Joel Ario, Oregon insurance administrator and chairman of the NAIC’s health insurance committee.
In some cases, guidelines could have the same content as model laws, Ario says.
The NAIC’s health insurance committee approved the 2 guideline projects at the NAIC’s spring meeting in New York. Those measures now will go before the NAIC’s executive committee and the plenary – a body that includes all NAIC voting membership – at the NAIC’s summer meeting in San Francisco.
The executive committee could decide June 3 whether to approve the health panel’s requests to classify the external review project and the LTC model revision project as model law projects, officials say.
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